Major Drug Network Busted in MonticelloDec 13th, 2011 | By Jay Long | Category: Lead Article
The United States Attorney’s office along with the FBI, Sullivan County District Attorney,Monticello Police and New York State police, announced the charges today against 13 individuals for narcotics trafficking offenses related to the distribution of both powder and crack cocaine in and around the Monticello area. Eleven defendants are charged in an indictment with conspiring to distribute 280 grams and more of the illegal drugs. Two other defendants are charged in separate complaints with attempting to distribute 28 grams and more of crack cocaine.
The 13 defendants were arrested over a 24 hour period and are expected to be presented in White Plains federal court later this afternoon.
Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara stated: “Crack and powder cocaine descend like a plague upon a community, leaving a trail of violence, destruction and addiction in their wake. Today marks another step in our campaign to clean up the neighborhoods in the northern counties of our district and to restore the quality of life ti their residents.”
Assistant FBI Director Janice K. Fedarcyk stated: “Narcotics trafficking adversely affects safety and quality of life in municipalities big and small. The illicit drug trade is not just an urban problem and the FBI is as committed to Monticello as Manhattan.”
Sullivan County District Attorney James R. Farrell stated: ” The arrests that occurred today are the by-product of the hard work and combined effort of our federal and local law enforcement agencies. This initiative shows that when we work together, we can make a difference and protect our communities from the scourge of drugs and gangs. With shrinking budgets and new York’s revised drug laws, now. more than ever, partnerships with our federal counterparts are vital to our public safety mission. I want to commend to eh FBI, the US Attorney’s Office and US Attorney Bharara for their commitment to making Sullivan County safe. I also want to thank Monticello Police Chief Doug Solomon, the New York State Police and Major Edward Raso, Troop F Commander for the commitment of local resources to this important work and their successful partnership with the federal authorities.”
Monticello Police Chief Douglas Solomon stated: ” I am very pleased with the arrests made pursuant to this investigation. Under Federal statutes, the significant prison time these defendants are facing should send a clear message to gang members and drug dealers that the Monticello Police Department will use every resource available in order to protect our community. In addition, I would hope that these arrests have the effect of tamping down the spike in gun violence we have experienced this past year.”
New York State Police Major Edward Raso stated: ” This latest enforcement effort represents a continuation of the outstanding work of the Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force. As law enforcement officers we are aware that criminal enterprises stretch beyond geographical and political boundaries. These arrests represent the Task Force’s first in Sullivan County. We will continue to pursue these criminals across the Hudson Valley.
It is alleged that the operation took place from at least 2009 through April of this year.
Those arrested were :
• Jasaan Bastian
• Frank Williams
• Delshonda Kimble
• Jesse Lewis
• Joan James
• Jason Elder
• Floyd Spruill
• Messiah Lockhart
• Kenneth Mitchell
• Andrea Brown
• Basheem Smalls
• Darren Johnson
• Errol Davis
The maximum sentence for each defendant is Life in prison with a mandatory sentence of 10 years.
Both Darren Johnson and Errol Davis have been charged in separate complaints charging they tried to sell a quantity of crack cocaine to a confidential informant between October 2010 and February of 2011 in Monticello and Fallsburg. They face additional sentencing of between 5 and 40 years in prison.
Mr Bharara thanked all the agencies involved and added that the investigation is continuing. The prosecutions are being handled by the White Plains division of the US Attorney’s Office.